Grutter v. Bollinger Question

<p>Hi all,</p>

<p>Quick question re: Grutter v. Bollinger, the affirmative action case. The process was deemed unconstitutional because the university gave an automatic 20-point bonus for URM status, with 100 being sufficient to guarantee admission. Read through the decision quickly but it didn't contain a lot of background detail.</p>

<p>I'm curious about a couple of the details.</p>

<p>1.) Were all ethnicities treated equally? Were Hispanics, for example, given the full 20 point bonus?</p>

<p>2.) How was the rest of the formula calculated? For example, how many SAT points would it have taken to earn 20 points?</p>

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<p>One full grade point</p>

<p>how many points did you need to be admitted?</p>

<p>100 guaranteed admission.</p>

<p>Thanks for the help, hpandu. Much appreciated.</p>


100 guaranteed admission.


The point system is for guidance. There was no automatic threshold for admission.</p>

<p>Whoops. I totally meant Gratz v. Bollinger.</p>

<p>Thanks for the catch.</p>

<p>God what an awful system.</p>

<p>Let me repeat--there was absolutely no guarantee of admission.</p>

<p>As you can see, the point system was very heavily weighted towards academics. GPA was huge, and school quality and curriculum also counted towards a lot.</p>

<p>In the case I was actually thinking of (Gratz v. Bollinger, not Grutter v. Bollinger), the Supreme Court decision makes clear that 100 points guaranteed admission. Was the court wrong?</p>

... every applicant from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group is automatically awarded 20 points of the 100 needed to guarantee admission.


<p>Of course I assume the school retained the rights to reject candidates who were convicted felons, etc.</p>

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